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Presentation of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Health Promotion Capacity Building in Child and Adolescent Health

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Presentation of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Health Promotion Capacity Building Fabrizio Simonelli, Director, WHO CC In May 2006 the World Health Organization has designated the Health Promotion Programme
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Presentation of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Health Promotion Capacity Building Fabrizio Simonelli, Director, WHO CC In May 2006 the World Health Organization has designated the Health Promotion Programme of the A. Meyer University Children s Hospital, as a WHO Collaborating Centre for Health Promotion Capacity Building. Background on the Meyer Hospital The Meyer University Children s Hospital, founded in 1884, was one of the first hospital institutions in Italy exclusively devoted to the problems of child healthcare from birth to adolescence. Child health and well-being are at the core of all the activities of the Meyer paediatric hospital. Today, it is characterised by high standards of care and research in the specific paediatric health areas. Profile of the Health Promotion Programme The Health Promotion Programme is a specific Unit of the A. Meyer University Children s Hospital. This Programme is developing activities on issues of strategic importance for the role of the hospitals in promoting health of children and adolescents. This Programme examines how to re-orient the hospital s activities towards health promotion, through the following actions: - promoting the incorporation of health promotion in planning and management processes; - adjusting the physical, environmental, structural and logistical setting of health services in order that these become more responsible for the effects caused by the impact on the socio-economic development and the environment; - improving healthcare processes by adding health promotion interventions; - establishing a skills-enhancing programme for health professionals through specific training activities on health promotion. These actions, carried out on different implementation levels, have produced the below listed main outcomes: - Co-ordination of the Health Promoting Hospitals (HPH) Network of Tuscany; - Co-ordination of the inter-agency group Health Promoting Hospitals (HPH) of the Italian Association of Paediatric and Maternal-Infantile Hospitals; - Co-ordination of the European Task force on health promotion for children and adolescents by hospitals within the international HPH Network; - Support for the adhesion of Tuscany Region to the Regions for Health Network (RHN) ; The below slides explain the relationship between the A. Meyer University Children s Hospital s corporate mission and the role of the new WHO Collaborating Centre (slide 1) and the milestones of activity (slide 2): Slide 1 Corporate Mission and WHO CC role Organic and psychological determinants of children s health Eco-socio-economic determinants of children s health Health Promotion for Children by Hospitals (WHO Barcelona) Health care Research and Training WHO Collaborating Centre for Health Promotion Capacity Building SOCIAL Milestones DETERMINANTS WHO (WHO Venice) CC FLORENCE, August, 2002: Start up of the Health Promotion Programme - A.Meyer Hospital ENVIRONMENTAL DETERMINANTS FLORENCE 2003: Framework co-operation (WHO programme Rome) - Tuscany - WHO European Office ( ) European Strategy for Child Health and MOSCOW, 2004 (HPH Conference) : Official Kick off of Task Development force on Health Promotion for Children and Adolescent Health (WHO Copenhagen) BUDAPEST, 2004: Side event on case studies World related Strategy tocah Health children s environmental health at the inter-ministerial (WHO Geneva) conference The co-operation Future for our Children ; FLORENCE, April HBSC Forum GENEVA, 2006 : Acknowledgement of Health Promotion Programme as WHO CC on Health Promotion Capacity Building Slide 2 Profile of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Health Promotion Capacity Building in Child and Adolescent Health The WHO Collaborating Centre for Health Promotion Capacity Building in Child and Adolescent Health has chosen as its logo the below image, based on the concept of the dynamism of the child s self realisation process. The Logo WHO Collaborating Centre for Health Promotion Capacity Building The logo aims to represent the dynamism of the child s self realisation process. Children are the best evidence of the progression towards the full achievement of the human potential, symbolised by the circle. Even if it is possible to enlarge it, the dimension of the self realisation designed by bigger and bigger polygons will never cover the global area of the circle, and there will always be a possibility for further personal growth. The official terms of reference of the new WHO CC are the following: 1. To assist WHO and partners in collecting knowledge on the social determinants of child and adolescent health, and in generating strategic evidence and tools for promoting equity and improving the health conditions of children and adolescents. 2. To support WHO in its efforts to incorporate into health systems the health promotion measures and partnerships necessary to tackle the social determinants of, and provide the social pre-requisites for, child and adolescent health. 3. To contribute to capacity-building activities for policy-makers from the health sector and other sectors, as well as health system administrators and healthcare providers, on measures to address the social determinants of child and adolescent health. 4. To identify, through the creation of an inter-hospital capacity-building network, good practices and lessons learnt for international co-operation activities supporting children s hospitals role in community empowerment and health promotion. 5. To support WHO in its stewardship role in the implementation of the Children s environment and health action plan for Europe (CEHAPE) by contributing to activities that gather evidence on the environmental and wider determinants of child health, providing training to raise awareness among health and non-health professionals, and developing practical implementation tools. Taking into account the official terms of reference, the activities of the new WHO CC can be divided in three main areas of activity: Activity 1: Knowledge promotion on the social determinants of child and adolescent health and measures to address them Activity 2: Training on promoting the health of children and adolescents through action on social determinants Activity 3: Orienting children s hospitals towards strengthening the social, economic, and cultural resources to improve children s health For further information please contact: WHO Collaborating Centre for Health Promotion Capacity Building in Child and Adolescent Health c/o Health Promotion Programme A. Meyer University Children s Hospital Viale Gramsci, , Florence, Italy Phone: Fax:
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